The Surface of the Moon is Electrically Charged, Which Could Allow a Hovering Robot to Explore it

A team from MIT has developed a concept for a robotic mission that would use ion beams to levitate on…

11 months ago

Organic Material Found on an Asteroid Sample Returned by Hayabusa 1

Panspermia is an idea that has been around for a long time.  It was first mentioned in the 5th century…

2 years ago

Hayabusa 2 is the First Spacecraft to Sample the Inside of an Asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is now the first spacecraft to retrieve a subsurface sample from an asteroid. On July 11th,…

3 years ago

Hayabusa’s Target Itokawa Formed 4.6 Billion Years Ago, But Then it Was Smashed Up About 1.5 Billion Years Ago

According to new research by a team of Japanese researchers, samples from the Itokawa asteroid provide new clues to the…

4 years ago

Returned Samples Of Asteroid Itokawa Show Violent 4.5 Billion Year History

Asteroid Itokawa had a sometimes violent 4.5 billion year history, according to samples returned by Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa.

6 years ago

Comet Landing: Side-By-Side Pics Of Alien Surfaces Humanity Explored

Correction, 11:33 a.m. EST: The University of Central Florida's Phil Metzger points out that the image composition leaves out Eros,…

8 years ago

Weekly Space Hangout – Oct. 3, 2014: Islands, Earwigs and Other Mysteries!

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @cosmic_chatter) David Dickinson (Astroguyz.com / @astroguyz) Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) Brian Koberlein…

8 years ago

Japanese ‘Space Cannon’ On Track For Aiming At An Asteroid: Reports

Watch out, asteroid 1999 JU3: you're being targeted. As several media reports reminded us, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)'s…

9 years ago

Hayabusa 2 Mission Approved by Japanese Government

[/caption] In 2010, the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa completed an exciting although nail-biting mission to the asteroid Itokawa, successfully returning samples…

11 years ago

Japanese Astronomy Pushes on After Hard Year

[/caption] From faulty spacecraft to two damaged facilities, the past year has been a tough year for Japan's astronomical programs.…

11 years ago